Atlanta Welcomes Manchester Business School and Global MBA on Heels of Global Cities Initiative

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City’s growing global profile and demographics attract only UK business school operating in Americas

On the heels of the recent Global Cities Initiative announcement, Atlanta will welcome faculty, alumni and program directors from the University of Manchester (UK) Business School on Wednesday, April 10, for an event highlighting Metro Atlanta’s emerging role in international business and the school’s innovative global MBA program.

The visit by Manchester Business School, the only UK business school operating in Americas, recognizes the growing role that Atlanta companies and leaders will play in shaping global trade and markets.

“While established business capitals such as Toronto and New York dominate when we think of young professionals challenged with operating across multinational firms and settings, we see Atlanta as a city poised to play a larger role on a broader global stage,” says Melissa Holland, Manchester Business School and global MBA program director.

Just as New York Times best-selling author Ram Charan has called attention to a Global Tilt, the Manchester Business School recognizes a shift south in terms of talent, corporate investment and GDP.

With a City of Atlanta median age of 32.9 and nearly 45 percent of the over-25 population holding Bachelor’s degrees, and more than 13 percent foreign born in the Atlanta MSA, the city’s demographics match closely the class profile of the 3,500 students currently enrolled across seven global MBA centers: Manchester, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Miami.

Designed for multinational managers, the program combines face-to-face workshops with an interactive online environment. Students can attend all of their workshops in one city or take classes at any of the other locations.

Prospective students can learn more by reading the MBS global MBA blog, currently focused on some of the issues raised by author Ram Charan about skills emerging business leaders need to succeed in a tilted world, including developing the skills crucial to leading a global organization, including mastering local contexts.

The Manchester Business School event will begin at 6 p.m. at Dantanna's, Buckhead, 3400 Around Lenox Dr., NE Suite 304, Atlanta, GA 30326. To register for the Atlanta Event, visit

About Metro Atlanta
Metro Atlanta leaders continue to grow the region’s global business opportunities, announcing on March 20, 2013 its participation in the Global Cities Initiative launched by JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution. The Global Cities Initiative, a five-year, $10 million, multi-city effort, will forge new city-to-city partnerships to create trade and economic relationships to prosper from the growing urbanization of the world’s population. A two-day conference, held at the Academy of Medicine on the Georgia Tech campus, will lead to a new Metropolitan Export Plan for Atlanta. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, and the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, will lead the effort, assess marketing and business opportunities and begin to implement improvements. Metro Atlanta’s exports rose about 6 percent to $18.2 billion in 2012.

About Manchester Business School Miami
Manchester Business School Miami provides MBA students with a truly unique program. Students enrolled in the part time global MBA program have the flexibility to study in an interactive online learning environment plus take part in face-to-face workshops with students from across the globe. Manchester Business School is ranked in the top 30 in the world by Financial Times and is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. Students have the option of attending all of their classes at the Miami center or they can combine their work in Miami with classes in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and UK. No other global MBA program offers this unique mix of online flexibility plus international locations, faculty and students. To learn more about the global MBA program, visit

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